Insulation helps to regulate the temperature inside of your garage. This is important for two main reasons. For one, if you store things in your garage, regulated temperatures are needed. The other reason is to reduce energy costs inside your home. If you have an attached garage, greater insulation can make a difference for your electric bill.
Garage door insulation is usually given an R-value. This value determines how much the insulation resists heat. Some manufacturers assign a U-value. This value takes into account other factors to give you a more accurate depiction of how much insulation your door can provide you.
In order to determine how insulated you need your garage to be, you will want to answer these questions:
1. Do you have heat or cooling in your garage? – if you have heat and air in running in your garage, then you’ll want to add as much insulation as possible. Otherwise, your heating and cooling methods will not be as effective.
2. Does your area experience extreme temperatures? – for those that live in an area with extremely hot summers or freezing winters, you will want to go with a higher R-value. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulation.
3. Do you work in your garage? – if you work in your garage often, you’ll want to have a higher insulation.
4. Do you have a bonus room above the garage? – another thing insulation does is reduce the noise of the garage door when it is opening or closing. This is something to consider if you need a quieter operation.